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San Francisco, California
August 19, 2010
by smmmarti guide
October 17, 2002
"That place looks cool," he said. "Let’s just go there."
Absolutely. The tiny little cottage sat just far enough from the sidewalk to provide a perfect cozy space for the front yard patio dining. Umbrellas shaded patrons from the vivid, but not hot, San Diego sunshine and happy sounding conversation drifted between the tables as easily as the breezes from the ocean.
A perfect white picket fence delineated the restaurant clientele from mere passersby although a table was set up on the sidewalk offering tasty bites of baked goods, coffee and lemon infused iced water to anyone who cared to try them. Already delightful in its gentile forethought and generosity, we were certain this would be a great choice.
Minutes later a perfectly suited girl-next-door smiled us through the garden gate and settled us into our table where Ramon, sporting chiseled bones and unnecessary braces, acted as though he’d found his oasis on the dry dessert journey to stardom.
"Fresh squeezed lemonade? Iced tea? Half and half?" he offered us immediately.
There was no doubt I’d be having the California Benedict, that is the traditional eggs benedict served with avocado and turkey replacing the Canadian bacon. But first, fresh fruit with a dipping sauce of strawberry crème fraiche found the center of our table and quickly disappeared with a melt-in-your-mouth delectability.
Other traditional and innovative offerings for breakfast include; the Mashed Potato Omelette, filled with bacon, cheese and mashed potatoes; World Famous Oatmeal Pancakes, stuffed with blueberries or bananas; eggs and meatloaf hash; breakfast burritos; and truly special homemade on the premise muffins, cinnamon rolls and buttermilk coffee cake.
Beyond brunch, The Cottage offers California cuisine, described on their menu as "light, fun and grilled with distinctive flavors from the Southern California sun." Examples are grilled salmon salad, fish tacos, turkey or portabella mushroom wraps, California burgers (again, with the avocado), and waldorf chicken salad croissant.
The "Columbine" cottage has existed in the La Jolla area since the turn of the century and was once home to the Dr. Edward Howard family, who like so many La Jolla residents, was active in civic affairs helped to shape the face of this idyllic community. Although restored and remodeled since its origination, the cottage carries with it the charm of many eras.
And none so distinctly as the present.
From journal Pleasantville, with a nude beach